#TerrifyingThursday – Howl-O-Scream and Halloween Horror Nights are ready to get their fright on this fall

Although the summer has just begun, haunt freaks all across the Palm Beaches, and indeed the world, are eagerly awaiting September and the opening of some of the greatest haunted attractions in the world. Here in South Florida, we are lucky to have some of the most amazing local haunts out there, with Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Enigma Haunt in Boca, and X-Scream Halloween at the G-Star Studios in Palm Springs, as well as Clematis by Fright in downtown West Palm Beach; each one providing their own brand of fear mongering for their adoring fans!

However, only a few hours up the road lie some of the most terrifying freak fests to ever spring forth from the minds of mere mortals. At Busch Gardens in Tampa, Howl-O-Scream® returns from their unnatural slumber with an Evil Encore that everyone is dying to see for 21 select terrifying nights from September 23 through October 30, 2016.

With tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay makes escaping nearly impossible. Plus, roaming hoards, horrific haunted houses, chilling live shows and the chance to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including the all-new Cobra’s Curse™, will have guests spinning and screaming all night.

Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2016 on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. The event then runs Thursday through Sunday nights, Sept. 29 – Oct. 30. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2016. For a limited time with the Summer Deal, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2016 is $45, and includes early access to the park starting at 5 p.m. Plus, Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a limited-time exclusive discount on any single-day admission for only $35 and new this year for $50, Pass Members can get two visits to Howl-O-Scream 2016. *Restrictions apply

In Orlando, Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort has revealed the horrifying force behind Halloween Horror Nights 26. This year, it’s her turn…

Fans know her as the twisted right-hand woman of Halloween Horror Nights legend, Jack the Clown. Victims know her as the last, cackling face they see before a tortuous demise. 

And now, the world will know her as the merciless force behind Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26. 

This year, Chance will step into the spotlight as the star of the nation’s best Halloween event. Universal Studios Florida will become her stage – where she will take guests on a journey inside her twisted mind as she struggles with what is performance vs. what is real. Guests will find themselves in a surreal world of horror filled with nine all-new haunted houses, elaborately sinister scare zones and outrageous live shows. They will even come face-to-face with Chance in her very own demented haunted house and scare zone. 

Tickets are on sale now for this year’s highly anticipated event, including single-night tickets, Frequent Fear passes, special Florida resident offers and more. Guests can also purchase a vacation package that includes a ticket to the event, accommodations at Universal’s newest onsite resort hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and more.    

Halloween Horror Nights will run select nights from September 16 to October 31 at Universal Studios Florida.

Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort and Howl-O-Scream 2016 at Busch Gardens are separate-ticketed night events. No costumes are allowed. Stay tuned to HowlOScream.com and HalloweenHorrorNights.com for the latest terrifying details.

Join the conversation by using #EvilEncore and follow Howl-O-Scream on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to learn about promotions and insider information first. You can also follow Halloween Horror Nights on Twitter and Facebook.

Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following Palm Beach Happening for news on other spooky events in the Palm Beaches. If you know of another local event that would appreciate the undead light shone upon it, please let us know!